The Problem With Daisy Buchanan, Part II
by Sara Biggs Chaney

Are we ready to move on?

The problem with the girl who played Daisy in the movie—she is far too familiar.
She could be the one who was once engaged to Heath Ledger. But she’s not.
In truth, I can’t remember her name, which is a problem of forgettability.
Further, there are corollary problems with habiliment.
It is difficult to tell how far it extends– this terrible, terrible problem.
In photographs, we rarely glimpse beneath the knee.
And the problem with knees, of course, is androgyny.
You’d be hard pressed to tell Meghan Fox from my great uncle George.
Which is of course an impediment to the assessment of hotness,
and an impediment to hotness is a problem, indeed.
Now, the problem with problems, with women, with dresses–
they pop up like weeds in forgettable gardens.
The women, that is, in awkward rapture,
Knock-kneed seagulls swathed in white.
They look so much better from a distant shore.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 3.

placesaverSara Biggs Chaney received her Ph.D. in English in 2008 and currently teaches first-year writing in Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.  You can catch up with Sara at her blog:

See all items about Sara Biggs Chaney

Visit Sara Biggs Chaney’s contributors page.

Leave a Reply